• The Harvest Moon from Nagano’s Top 2 Moon-Viewing Locations

    From anywhere in the world, the Harvest Moon is spectacular to see.  Here in Nagano Prefecture, we have 2 locations that are particularly famous for viewing the moon:  Matsumoto Castle in central Matsumoto City and the “Tagoto-no-Tsuki” Obasute terraced rice fields in Chikuma City. Matsumoto Castle has a ‘tsukimi-yagura’ (moon-viewing tower), from where you can see the moons three-fold:  one in the sky, one reflected in the moat, and one reflected in … well, any guesses where? (PIcture courtesy of Keener-san) (Matsumoto Castle is located 1.4km from Matsumoto Station) At the Obasute rice fields, the number of moons you can see doesn’t stop at 3.  The terraces are known as “Tagoto-no-Tsuki” meaning the moon reflects in the individual rice fields.  I think you need some of the local sake in order to see that properly.  Oh, there’s a hint for …

    October 6, 2017